“One must have a vision, as well as love for the constituency you are serving and the people for whom you are working. Those who have a will, will reap dividends. Half hearted involvement will not yield results. One must pursue with consistency. I made all efforts and brought money from Delhi, adapting various scheme available to the local situation. We have transformed Navelim into a hub for education, a model village with well developed roads, water supply, electricity, facilities for sports, senior citizens, women and children,” ~ Luizinho Faleiro.
Navelim is the Cradle of Goa’s brightest and famous minds, having nurtured the likes of Portuguese Parliamentarian and Freedom Fighter from Goa Dr Francisco Luis Gomes and the First Indian Cardinal –Valerian Gracias. The map of Navelim constituency has undergone many alterations and delimitations and finally came to be represented by Luizinho Faleiro in 1980, after having been represented by United Goan Party leaders, who were unfortunately always in the Opposition. Rewinding back to those heady days, Luizinho recalls that at that time, all he had was his sincerity, his immense desire to be of use to his constituents and to give a voice to their needs. From 1980, Luizinho was continuously elected for 6 consecutive terms from Navelim constituency, including his unanimous election of 1989. In 2018 Luizinho has been elected from Navelim Constituency for the seventh time.
From Neglected to Chief Minister’s Constituency: Previously, a neglected constituency, with hardly an inch of tarred road or a single water pipeline, since its MLAs were always in the Opposition party, under Luizinho Faleiro, it became a minister’s constituency from 1989 onwards. Then in 1999, Navelim became a chief minister’s constituency for two short, but proud terms. It could have become a Chief Minister’s constituency in 1989 itself when the makers of the PDF government offered Luizinho the chief minister’s position, suggesting that he would be the first Catholic Chief Minister of the State. But he had the courage of conviction to refuse the offer, thanks to his parental and moral upbringing, his religion and his constituents.
Today Navelim has seen tremendous development and can boast of being a ‘work in progress’ towards becoming a Model Constituency. Navelim became the education hub with the setting up of the Rosary Higher Secondary and College, where students could spend less time in travel and more on their studies. The prestigious Dr Francisco Luis Gomes Library, drawing inspiration from the son of Navelim, remains a benchmark knowledge repository for the rest of Goa. Besides Navelim Constituency hosted State Level Educational Fairs with focus on career guidance, with the participation of educational institutions.
In the past, Luizinho Faleiro has focused on women’s empowerment. More than 7000 women have been trained in tailoring and 2000 in hotel management. Luizinho regrets that the proposed College of Food technology planned at Orlim could not come up.
The infrastructure of Navelim has grown in leaps and bounds. Luizinho began with the slogan, “Every house should have electricity, water, roads and Sulabh Souchalaya toilets.” The constituency has a network of good quality roads connecting its remotest parts, providing access for communication and facilitating economic activities. Every village has piped water supply and electricity connections, making it one of the model constituencies of Goa. Presently, the sewerage connection work is in progress, to connect each house to a centralised sewerage line. In tune with Luizinho Faleiro’s outspoken love for nature, the Constituency has cherished and protected its pristine environment, the paddy fields, in particular the waters of Saipem and the four lakes in Navelim, as also the Sal river which passes through the constituency. Irrigation facilities have been augmented by constructing bunds to supply water to farmers.
Over the past 10 years Navelim has declined as the Benchmark constituency due to joblessness, lack of vision, planning and adhocism. When Luizinho Faleiro was charged with the responsibility of salvaging the fortune of the Congress party in Goa, he again contested from Navelim Constituency in 2017. Navelim is once again looking up to rise from mediocrity and neglect and reclaim the respect and development, its people deserve. This is possible through hard work, constant attention to the grievances of the people and a deep desire to work for his people, that had at first motivated Luizinho to accept the challenge of taking the political plunge. Today too, within just one year as Navelim MLA, he has already augmented a number of major and minor works in Navelim Constituency. Some are at various stages of completion and many more are to be taken up, all for the betterment of the voters of Navelim.
Luizinho Faleiro’s Vision for the Constituency
“Clean, Green, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous Navelim”
Luizinho Faleiro’s Agenda For Navelim
Luizinho has a twofold plan for Navelim Constituency — to enrich the quality of life of the constituents and to maintain the infrastructure that has already been set up by him in the constituency.
♦Upgradation of Sub-Health Centre with adequate doctors and equipment to deal with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, kidney related ailments, blood pressure, etc,
♦Development of Navelim as a hub of Modern Technical Education
♦Development of Multi Skill Training Complex for youth and women.
♦Priority repairs and capacity enhancement of all schools within the constituency.
Youth & Employment
♦Provide gainful employment for the youth of Navelim with an emphasis on Skill development.
Children:♦Children’s Park and jogging facilities with CCTV for security.
Women:♦Separate Women’s cell in Police Outpost for women’s security
Senior Citizens:♦Special community centres for Senior Citizens
♦Construction of Western Bypass on stilts to save Farm Lands and Water Bodies
♦Upgrade Network of roads with state of the art footpaths and lighting for security.
♦Complete underground cabling for entire constituency for uninterrupted power supply.
♦24×7 uninterrupted power supply
♦Connect all houses to Sewerage network and storm water drain network
♦Increase capacity and modernise Navelim Sewage Treatment Plant.
Leisure and Sports
♦Ensure at least one community space –either Park, Playground, Open Air auditorium, or Community hall in each ward of every village of Navelim Constituency
♦Revamp infrastructure of all Football grounds in Navelim constituency
Agriculture and allied activities
♦Revamp, re-equip and restore all farmers cooperatives and develop marketing outlets for farm produce.
Technology and Communication
♦100% Free Wi-Fi connectivity for Navelim Constituency for facilitation of education, information flow and communication.
♦Repair and capacity enhancement of all Panchayat Ghars within Navelim Constituency
♦Desilting and cleaning of River Sal to make it navigable, cleaning of and other water bodies and springs
♦Declare four lakes including Saipen Lake as Bio-Heritage and No Development zone.
Navelim Constituency faced three major problems until now:
♦ Low Water Pressure
♦ Low Electricity Voltage and
♦ Roads in a state of disrepair.
Luizinho took up these major problems on a war footing and has already completed laying of:
♦ 300mm pipelines in all 5 villages of Navelim Constituency
♦ Power supply was increased from 6.3 MVA to 16.3 MVA with installation of a 10 MVA Power Transformer.
Many other minor works have been completed in various parts of the Constituency. See detailed list below:
|Detailed List of Completed works – 2018||Date|
|Discussion with Davorlim farmers along with the minister of agriculture to boost agricultural production||10th July 2018|
|Distribution of paddy seeds to the farmers of Navelim, Telaulim and Davorlim||28th May 2018|
|Inauguration of 16 KVA substation at Rawanfond||26th May 2018|
|Desiltation and Removal of hyacinth plants from River Sal||18 May 2018|
|Discussion of development works with the dept officers along with the residents of ModiMandopa||18 May 2018|
|Distribution of spectacles to two hundred residents of the Navelim Constituency at the Navelim PHC||8th May 2018|
|Inauguration of the new 108 ambulance at Navelim PHC||28th July 2017|
|Jana GanaMana rally by Congress Party||1st June 2018|
|300 mm pipeline||28th April 2018|
|Inauguration of the NH underpass NH at Coldem||14th Mar 2018|
|Karate Aquem-Baixo||11th Feb 2018|
|Inauguration of a volleyball ground at Sai Nagar Rumdamol||27th Jan 2018|
|Detailed List of Completed works – 2017||Date|
|Reinstalling the LED lights on the VarcaTelaulim bridge||23rd Dec 2017|
|Navelim Panchayat being awarded the best panchayat for Swacch Bharat& waste management initiatives||19th Dec 2017|
|Meeting with the residents of Rumdamol Panchayat to discuss problems and issues||24th Nov 2017|
|Distribution of social welfare benefits||Done|
|Assisting the residents of Gorakshwadi to construct their village temple||21st Nov 2017|
|Cervical & breast cancer awareness camp organized by the Mahila Shakti Abhiyan at the Navelim Panchayat||Done|
|Distribution of Chief Minister. relief fund, spectacles and Laadli Laxmi under social welfare||Done|
|Hotmixing of roads at Dongorim||Done|
|Inauguration of the new 108 ambulance at Navelim PHC||28th July 2017|
|Inauguration of Davorlim Club House||28 Feb 2017|
|Upgradation of Sub-Health Centre to Health Centre with adequate doctors and equipment to deal with specialisation in lifestyle related diseases like diabetes, kidney problems, blood pressure etc.||Done|
|Desilt and clean up River Sal to make it navigable||Done|
|Construction of Western Bypass on stilts to save farm lands and water bodies||Done|
|Complete underground Power Cabling of entire Constituency||Done|
|24 hours Water and Electricity||Done|
|Connect all Homes to Sewage Networks and Storm-water Drain Network||Done|
|Increase Capacity of and Modernise Navelim Sewage Treatment Plant||Done|
The current major project undertaken by Luizinho Faleiro are:
|Works Under Process|
|Desilt, Clean and Restore all the 4 Lakes and develop them as Ecological Recreation Zone||Under process|
|Declare all 4 Lakes including Saipem as Bio-Heritage and No Development Zone||Under process|
|Revamp Infrastructure of all Football Grounds under Navelim Constituency||Under process|
|Separate Cells for Males & Females in Police Outpost||Proposal discussed|
Works to be taken up
|Revamp, Re-equip and Restore all Farmer Cooperatives and Develop Marketing Outlet|
|Priority Repairs and Capacity enhancement of all Panchayat Ghars under Navelim Constituency|
|Priority Repairs and Capacity enhancement of all Schools under Navelim Constituency|
|Special Community Centres for Senior Citizens|
|Make Navelim 100% Free WiFi Connected Zone|
|Children’s park with CCTV and Walking Track|
|Development of Navelim as Hub of Modern Technical Education|
|Development of Government acquired land (1,00,000 sqmtrs) into Multi-Skills Training Complex for Youth and Women|
|Providing gainful employment to the youth of Navelim as done in the past.|
|Ensure at least one Community Space (i) Park (ii) Playground (iii) Open Air Auditorium or (iv) Community Hall in each Ward of every village in Navelim constituency|
As always Luizinho Faleiro is always available to his constituents to solve any issues of common interest, for their well-being and for the development of his Constituency.
Francisco Luis Gomes District Library
Shri Luizinho Faleiro at the inauguration of Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes District Library which is part of the Navelim Educational Hub
Luizinho Faleiro has been responsible for setting up the Dr Francisco Luis Gomes Library which was designated as a District Library and named after the illustrious son of Navelim. It was inaugurated on 21st November 2010. With the main aim of empowering students, neo-literates and public through knowledge and information, the State of the Art dream project of Luizinho Faleiro completes Navelim as an educational hub along with the Rosary School, Higher Secondary and College. The grandiose plan for the differently-abled friendly Dr Francisco Luis Gomes Library complex includes –a Cultural Centre, Amphitheatre and Senior Citizens’ Centre and Children’s Park.
At the inauguration of the Rs 20 crore Library, Luizinho Faleiro said,” Navelim is the hub of education with around 7000 students. The library will not only help the people of Navelim and Margao but the entire Goa since it will have better facilities than the Central Library. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat praised Luizinho for undertaking this mission to take education in the state to great heights. The Gerard D’Cunha designed library building has five storeys with basement and built up area of 5321 sqmts and is an asset to Navelim and surrounding areas.
Francisco Luis Gomes Memorial Trust
Luizinho Faleiro founded the Francisco Luis Gomes Memorial Trust to render yeomen service to the people in the fields of Education, Health Care, Sports and upliftment of women, with special attention to Senior Citizens. The Trust has organised several community benefit programmes such as Medical Camps for general public and camps specifically for senior citizens where thousands of people have availed of benefits.
In the past the Trust has identified several senior citizens with diabetes, high blood pressure and eye related issues. The Trust has treated thousands of Senior Citizens with ophthalmology issues and has got them treated. The Trust has also provided free spectacles to Senior citizens at a cost of approximately Rs 5 lakh.
Besides, Two Mega Health Camps were organised, one especially for Senior Citizens but where others too availed of the facilities and another Mega Health Camp for general public to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of ailments.
Luizinho Faleiro, who shares an excellent rapport with his voters, also felicitates senior citizens with Senior Citizens Awards for their contribution to society for the previous five years, through the Trust. The Trust also felicitates Teachers and students to encourage them to excel in the field of education.